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Exotic Materials Using Neptunium, Plutonium Provide Insight Into Superconductivity
July 21, 2008
Physicists have gained new insight into the origins of superconductivity--a property of metals where electrical resistance vanishes--by studying exotic chemical compounds that contain neptunium and plutonium. While superconductivity holds promise for massive energy savings in power transmission, and for novel uses such as levitating trains, today it occurs only at extremely cold temperatures. Still, physicists believe room temperature superconductivity may be possible.
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